Stratford 'micro preemie' making progress after months at hospital

A Stratford couple has given birth to a micro preemie - the most premature babies of all because they haven't had time to fully develop in the womb.

News 12 Staff

Sep 24, 2021, 9:30 PM

Updated 1,028 days ago

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A Stratford couple has given birth to a micro preemie - the most premature babies of all because they haven't had time to fully develop in the womb.
Heather Adzima and Dina Castelluccio says they sought to have lots of kids after getting married. Adzima gave birth to their son, Bodhi, with little complications with in-vitro fertilization.
Castelluccio then gave birth to a baby girl, River, six months ago - when she weighed a pound and an ounce. The parents say she could fit in the palm of your hand.
River was born at 27 weeks due to a placental abruption. The family says they were worried if their micro preemie would make it.
"You hear about preemies, you hear about people going to the NICU for a couple weeks right. This is like a whole other level. Something we didn't even know existed. And of course through this we've now connected with so many people and organizations that help parents and babies," says Castelluccio.
River now weighs over 9 pounds after coming a long way in battling a lung disease.
She's still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Bridgeport Hospital and the couple says they don't know when they can take her home, but are hoping for that day to come.
They thank the Tiny Miracles Foundation for help.


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